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Switching carriers and phone plans is a bitter sweet moment. You know what you are getting from your current provider good and bad and you also have dialed in the amount of minutes, texts and data you use each month. But there may be a better deal out there that meets your needs and you can live with.
This is the position I was in for the past couple of weeks. I had been a Verizon user sense the Blackberry Storm 1 came out and have been happy with their service, but it was still costing me too much per month. I was in a family plan with 5 total phone lines (the most you can have). I was grandfathered into an unlimited data plan and I had a 20 percent discount through my work. Still my phone bill was 60 bucks a month! It was time for me to save some money and start looking for a change. My search brought me to the vast majority of pre-paid services available because they offer great coverage/service plans at a super cheap price. I then found a pre-paid service that would pay me to use it and the best part was it uses one of the 4 major carrier’s towers.
Solavei is a pre-paid service that is backed and runs off the T-Mobile towers. The pre-paid plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data though you can be throttled but the first 4gb are grunted 4g speed all for 49.99 dollars a month. Solavei then goes above and beyond anything any carrier has done before and offers a marketing plan that will pay you for getting others to sign up. Every 3 people you sign will earned you 20 bucks a month and then every 3 people they sign up owns you 20 more dollars a month. The graph that Solavie provides shows how someone could make 20,000 dollars a month. With that extra incentive I went ahead and left my long time carrier and switched to Solavei on the T-Mobile network and I have no regrets. The service is great because it’s T-Mobile and the bill is less than what I was previously paying at Verizon.
If you are interested in joining Solavei or just want to learn more this is how the cost of getting signed up breaks down. The plan cost 49.99 a month and you have to pay the first month of service up front. Then there is a 49.99 activation fee along with a 29.99 fee for the sim card. So that means to get started with Solavei it will only cost around 130 dollars not including taxes or if you purchase a phone from them. You will then be mailed your sim card and then you’re good to go. One thing I really like is you can use any T-Mobile phone and even some ATT phones.
Ever sense I purchased my first Android phone, I have been trying to push the limits of what it can do. One of my goals was to be able to make and receive free calls and texts from any Android device. A little over two years ago I was able to reach this goal with the help of Gizmo5 and Sipdroid and a lot of thanks to others that created the tutorials I followed. But shortly after my excitement left and sadness crept in as I read Gizmo5 was closing shop and the other one Sipgate wasn't accepting new applicants.
I decided instead of giving up I was going to stretch my skills and try to figure out a method to make and receive calls and texts myself. After a lot of trial and error and a lot of late nights I figured out a method that would work for anyone and everyone and not just those that were lucky enough to have gotten into Sipgate before it stopped accepting applicants. The process was quite a few steps and used several different services but it worked and to my credit it still works today, two years later.
In the last two years there has been a lot of advancement in the realm of VoIP service. One of the greatest, and my favorite, is GrooveIP. It is an all in one app that takes care of all the hassle for you ( I like to think they got their idea from me). The only thing you need is a Google Voice account and you can make and receive free calls all you want. The only issue for some now is successfully signing up for a Google Voice account because to sign up you already need a previous phone number. Well I am here to say that I haven’t given up on my love and desire for free calls and text and that I have created a new method and the simplest method ever to make and receive free calls.
You can find the link to the instructions HERE at my original method. And if for some reason the new method doesn’t work, you can always use my original method that still works.
My good friend and mentor jrummy16 just hit me up to let me know about a great deal for Android users, which will help fund research by the Testicular Cancer Society. Some of you may not be aware, but jared himself is a cancer survivor, so you know this is something he's quite passionate about.
jrummy16 is developed behind legendary Android projects like Liberty ROM, & Kangerade from back in the OG Droid days. Jared has several apps on the Google Playstore, all of which are excellent apps. Today, his ROM Toolbox Pro application turns 1 year old, & in celebration, Jared is offering the app for a special price of $2.99 ($5.99 Regularly), and half of all proceeds will be donated to the Testicular Cancer Society.
ROM Toolbox Pro combines all the major root apps into one app plus adds much more. Users can flash ROMs, have a root file explorer, set cpu profiles, install full themes and more. Don't miss your chance to grab a great app & do some good at the same time.
You can pick up the app or get more info HERE
And for those of you who have already purchased the app but would still like to contribute to the cause as a thanks to Jared for all his contributions to Android, you can do so HERE.
Since the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released last year to coincide with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the handset easily shot up to the top of the smartphone leaderboards due to the fact that it is the first handset to run the latest version of the Android operating system. Not only that, our smartphone-crazed brethren saw the handset as the best Android-powered handset there is.
After quite some time though, the novelty of the Google flagship device began to wear off because the Samsung Galaxy Nexus got stuck with Android 4.0.2 with nary an update for the past couple of months.
Everything changed though when Google recently confirmed the availability of the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
In fact, the rollout of the update for the handset has already rolled out via OTA so a notification is bound to pop up on your handset in the coming days. Should you run out of patience in waiting for the said notification, you always have the option of manually checking for the update as well. Once you successfully update your Samsung Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, the stability of the smartphone will get enhanced.
The phone number recognition of the handset will also be improved and the screen rotation when hanging from portrait to landscape and vice versa will become smoother. In addition to that, the camera performance of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will also be significantly improved.
The only caveat here is that the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update will only be rolled out to the GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. If you happen to have the Verizon variant of the handset, this update will sad to say not land on your handset but Android 4.0.5 ICS has already been confirmed to the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus so you are not out of luck after all.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a frame that measures 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm and it tips the scales at 135 grams. Despite its black-slab design aesthetics, the chassis of the handset has a curved design that gives it a sexy and sleek look. Factored in into the equation is the solid build quality of the handset, a feature that is expected from a Google flagship handset.
Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is multitasking machine with a Texas Instruments OMAP4460 SoC at the heart of its operations. Computing power is delivered by its dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB of RAM while its storage space comes up to 32GB. The display of the handset is a stunning SuperAMOLED multitouch capacitive display measuring 4.65 inches diagonally and has a resolution pegged at 1280 x 720 pixels. The only less than perfect feature of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is its below par camera department with only a 5MP shooter at its back panel and a 1.3MP front-facer. Both shooters are capable of video recording though so this at least makes up for the below par sensor resolution of the shooters.
Despite the snags, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is still one of the better-performing handsets in the Android ecosystem today and the jump to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, at least for the GSM version of the handset, will tend make the device even more attractive and capable for that matter.